This past Sunday, citizens from all corners of Second Life converged on the Sims surrounding Sailors Cove theater for a final tribute to Fanci Beebe.
There were no special introductions or Linden splash-screen announcements; nonetheless more than 110 serious users somehow crowded into two adjacent sims for the chance to pay tribute to Fanci’s memory.
Please join with me in great appreciation to Joy Canadeo, who assisted Fanci during her last year online; Joy was also in charge of the ceremony, and did a wonderful job considering the unprecedented crowds that attended the service.
Let me also offer great thanks to David Wetherby and Chaos Mandelbrot, who orchestrated the post-ceremony Memorial Cruise. The view of all the boats streaming together followed by the fleet in Fanci’s Deep paying their final homage proved truly extraordinary.
I’m also indebted to Anu Daviau, who let me share her copy of the Service proceedings below.
Aislin Keynes , Allian Resident, Ambrosous Core, Amythest Wingtips, Ansaja Guardian, Anu Daviau, Ariel Gallais, Arrwyll Barzane, Augustus Grayman, Austin Shepherd, Barbarella Bravin, BeeJee Boucher, BennyThe Boozehound, Bitterleaf Menges, Bruckner Dreddmor, Captivitas Resident, Cate Foulsbane, Chad Sawson, Chaos Mandelbrot, Charlz Price, Chatbat Resident, CherryBommb Resident, Chess Bishop, Clay Ellison, Cullen Debruyere, Darla Upshaw, David Wetherby, Deanna Fang, DeyJaVue Resident, Diamond Marchant, Djneko Blackheart, Dolci Woodget, Don Berithos, Don Setzer, Dori Helstein, Driff Beardmore, Drwyndwn Tyne, eleao Resident, Eveline Catteneo, Fearless Freenote, Fiona Haworth, Foneco Zuzu, ForeverSundays Resident, Gaia Rhapsody, Gemma Vuckovic, Gisela Daniels, Gjo Bing, Goku Barbosa, GraceSWF Wrigglesworth, Greythistle Twine, Hannelore Ballinger, Hellsmut Resident, IrishGent Resident, Jane Fossett, Jaylin Wytchwood, Jdgirl1969 Resident, Jean Swashbuckler, Jennifertopgun Resident, Jerit Weiser, Jojamela Soon, Jolene Dereham, Josy Laville, Joy Canadeo, Keneth80 Whitfield, Kentrock Messmer, Kernian Sigal, Kimiko Rieko, Kittensusie Landar, Krys4sl Resident, KrystalLore Resident, LadySmack Gears, Laure Levenque, Lesbo Charisma, Llena Lilliehook, LoganWillow Resident, Lolly Lockhart, LunalindaBranwen Resident, Malate Banufong, Marco2feelgood Masala, Marina Hyandi, MarkTwain White, Mialinn Telling, Mo Xute, Mobiusonemasterchief Infinity, MoodyBlues Mougin, Moonshade Pastorelli, Moontears Vought, Mystery Huntress, Nagash Demina, Nber Medici, Orca Flotta, Patrick Leavitt, Ralfo Rossini, Reverie Boucher, Rich Randall, Rich Reynaud, Riverwelldrive Resident, RJ Kikuchiyo, Roan Blackburn, RoDen Kilian, Rowan Aurbierre, Runa McMillan, SanFroggy Resident, SerenetyAeon Resident, Shannon Oherlihy, Silber Sands, SkyeSunset Resident, Socair Foxtrot, Sommer Shepherd, SteveLL Resident, Steve Yiwama, Sudane Erato, Sundhi Joubert, Sylvi Flores, Titus Tobias, TreMeldazis Resident, TwitchyEars Resident, Twohead Janus, Vadimar Takahe, Wilma Webster, Winnie Sweetwater, Xi Larnia.
[If your name is not on the list, please contact Jane Fossett]
Memorial Ceremony for Fanci Beebe
October 27 2013
Welcome everyone, and thank you for all being here to Honor & Celebrate Fanci.
As I was preparing for this day, I received so many notes , messages, and pictures from people Fanci has touched over her years in SL. I was truly amazed!
When I started as Estate Manager I would observe how firm she was about a hill not being removed, trees not being sent back. At first I thought this was extreme until I looked out over the beautiful estate Fanci & Patrick created and protected. That was when I GOT IT!!
There were times we would be working and she would say “can you finish up here love, I see someone just came on-line who has been ill, and I want to talk to them to she how they are”. She cared so much for everyone.
When we would be in here with our alts getting people into land groups we would laugh and call each other Sybil, because we would forget which alt we were, and the multiple personalities took over:)
The last time I spoke with Fanci on the phone she told me she loved me and finished with God Bless. I am certain she would say the same to each and everyone here. Fanci I love you, and miss you everyday.
Thank you Patrick, Rowan, Drw, Ey, and Rich, & Chaos for helping in creating this day. Shannon Oherily was one of Fanci’s favorite singers here at the theater. She will sings a few songs in her honor… she will not try to move and will sing from where she is on the sim :
(Shannon Oherily sings)
Joy Canadeo: Thank you Shannon.
I would like to introduce our first speaker Sudane Erato Owner of SL New England and Co-Captain of the Blake Sea
I’ve known Fanci a long time.
We were owners of supposedly “rival” estates… yes…
both members of the owners group of the United Sailing Sims.
But never with much contact. Sailors Cove went its way…
New England went its way.
We had met… but not much more.
That changed when I was asked to take on the responsibility of coordinating the USS owners group and talking on its behalf with Linden Lab. The absolute first thing that came to my mind was… I must get to know Fanci.
We set up a Skype meeting… we always talked on Skype. We hit it off immediately. That first meeting, we talked, literally, for hours. Please understand… Fanci and I were very different… but from that first conversation, we tapped into something we both shared… something that I’m sure that everyone here will recognize.
Fanci had a deep and profound common sense, and she also had a vast energy to act on her common sense. She bowled me over. Fanci had a huge passion and energy for her community of Sailors Cove. Even when we spoke, I knew she was worrying over someone’s problems that needed addressing.
We always talked for hours… both about the issues we were facing in the USS with Linden Lab (issues which sadly will never be resolved) and about issues in our real lives. About RL, she spoke about only two things. She spoke about her business, attending the craft fairs that she loved so much. And she spoke about Patrick and her love and concern for him. What came out overwhelmingly in my chats with Fanci was an incredible passion for her community here and a profound common sense about the problems the community faced. She truly loved Sailors Cove.
We recognized in each other a shared passion for our beautiful estates, and that passion and commitment caused us to chat long and frequently… we burned up the Skype airwaves. Suddenly she’s gone.
I’m sure I share everyone’s sentiment here. We’ll surely miss her.
I’m very pleased to introduce next my dear friend Nber Medici….
Thank you Sudane.
Patrick, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. Losing Fanci has been terrible for you, I pray that your pain will be blunted by time.
In thinking about how I was going to talk about Fanci today… I started and stopped and started and stopped. It felt like hundreds of times. How was I going to explain how I felt about Fanci?
I was finally drawn to a Bible verse, “Ye shall know them by their fruits”… which is usually translated … You shall know them by their deeds.
So what were Fanci’s deeds? I’ll focus on three.
First, was her commitment to the Relay for Life / Sail for Life effort. She didn’t seek the limelight, but she worked tirelessly and with endless good humor to further that cause. AND she was incredibly successful. She will be impossible to replace. It is SO ironic that she was taken by the very disease that she fought against.
Second, was her work with Patrick in building this wonderful community of Sailors Cove. I have been struck by how many of the residents here have expressed their admiration and affection for Fanci. She truly cared for each and every one, and it showed in her actions. Not only was she good with her residents, but she also was a true artist in designing and building the regions. She has truly built a marvelous place for the residents and I feel blessed to be able to help preserve that as part of her legacy.
Third, is the friendship that both Fanci and Patrick have always given to MarkTwain and me. One of the happiest days of my Second Life was June 28th, 2008 when Union Passage region became the connection point between the United Sailing Sims and the Sailors Cove regions.
Working with Fanci and Patrick to join their regions to those of the USS was a true joy. and our friendship only deepened over the years.
Fanci… I miss you….but I look forward to seeing you again… and hearing your infectious laughter… when I join you on that distant shore.
The next speaker needs no introduction, but he is my long-time best friend, MarkTwain White.
Thank you Nber.
My comments about Fanci are going to focus on the last year of her life, and the work that we did together in that time. I could say MANY other things about Fanci, but not many people know about this part of her life.
For almost a year before Fanci was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer Nber and I had many meetings with Fanci as we struggled together trying to solve an issue that was plaguing the Blake Sea. For over 18 months the USS, their leaders, and race directors were challenged by a number of WW2/Modern naval enthusiasts that, for the most part, ignored the peaceable purpose of the Blake Sea which was for sailing first but for the enjoyment of all.
Fanci, Nber, and I struggled on how to deal with this issue without the help of LInden Lab who had abandoned their support of those trying to administer the Blake Sea. Over the course of that time we saw Fanci begin to decline. We did not understand it at the time and we don’t think Fanci even understood, but it was clear that she felt ill and tired much of the time we struggled to find a solution to the problems in those Contested Waters of the Blake Sea.
When Patrick shared with Nber and me the shocking news that Fanci had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and only had a matter of months to live we were dismayed. Both Patrick and Fanci made the decision to sell the Sailor’s Cove estates. They were hopeful that the owners of the USS would be able to purchase the sims and thereby keep Sailors Cove intact. Happily that happened.
This presented Nber and me with a unique opportunity. We were able to take four homesteads and without dislocating any residents re-purpose those four sims into an area we named Fanci’s Deep. Fanci’s Deep is a fitting tribute to a woman who stood for peace. Not only did Fanci’s Deep let us get full rezz turned off in the Contested Waters of the Blake Sea thus ending the WW2/Naval problem, it also provided a home for two other communities: the pirates and the mer community.
The Mer community has responded positively to the presence of four sims a short swim from the Blake Sea suitable to their needs.
Fanci always wanted to see a mer community developed in the Sailor’s Cove sims. Happily that is happening in Fanci’s Deep where Fanci will always have a living memorial to her and three of the things she loved: peace, community, and mers.
Fanci, if I could talk with you today.. I would thank you for your dreams and spirit. By knowing you, I am a better person.
Now I would like to introduce the next speaker: Aislin Keynes, Aislin is a USS owner and longtime leader in Sail for Life.
Thank You Mark.
Nber, so much of what you said reflects my thoughts on Fanci’s commitment to the community and her work with Relay For Life.
I have been thinking for days how I could possibly put into words what Fanci has meant to me and to all of us here in Second Life. When I sat down last night with a box of kleenex to write this my mind was flooded with pictures of so many fun times over the years. The Halloween parties, Mardi Gras, shopping. the days, no… months!, spent working on Relay For Life and the Sail For Life events.
It reminded me of how dedicated she was to others, to the community.
Fanci cared so much about community. Look around at what she and Patrick have created. Sailors Cove is truly a special corner of Second Life. For me, I miss my friend. I miss our late night chats about anything and everything and nothing at all. I know that I’ll think of her every time I look across the strait and see the seasons changing in Little Bear.
Patrick, I am so sorry for your loss. I believe with time that the pain of losing someone as special as Fanci will ease, but she is one that we shall never forget. Fanci, Thank You, I will miss you, we all will.
Chad has also written a few words that I would like to share with you.
It is rare that one finds a true friend, let alone a friend in another country. And on top of that finding this special friend in an online virtual environment.
How fortunate we all were to have encountered Fanci Beebe and all that she was. Fanci became a sister to me and I cannot grasp not being able to banter with her now. We spent hundreds of hours working together with Sail For Life. Not one of those hours unenjoyable… Her humor rose above all even during the difficult times. Her dedication and work benefited thousands of people. She was simply amazing!
No one stands out to me more than she did, as a person that always looked to help and support our sailing community. Her eyes were always on the good of the whole and that was reflected by the way she hosted Sailors Cove. She strived to bring the cream of the crop into our sailing community and keep them engaged through the many community outreach activities she did and was involved in.
My heart goes out to Patrick… Times have been and will be difficult for him. In closing, I ask that everyone that Fanci touched…. Take a good look at how she influenced you and your experiences here in SL. And….
PAY IT FORWARD!
We loved you Fanci! Fair winds and calm seas! Farewell best friend…………..
Thank you very much Aislin and Chad.
We are going to hear a few words, and a song, recorded for us by Mamaa Saiz. Mamaa was another of Fanci’s favorite singers, and he performed regularly here. Unfortunately he couldn’t be with us today, but wanted to make this recording for Fanci. After his song, we will hear our next speaker, Jojamela Soon. Jojamela was one of the owners of Sailors Cove Theater, and one of Fanci’s oldest and dearest friends.
(Mamaa Saiz sings)
Fanci was my friend. She would throw me carrots and berries and try not to step on me.
All the years are just a jumble to me now, it seems like just yesterday that Patrick introduced her to me, There are too many memories of sailing and beaches and dances and music to share.
For six years she was always there for me, supported me, loved me. But it wasn’t just me. She was so full of love and care.
She was creative, from her art in RL to the art she created in SL, the beauty within her emanated from her and we were the beneficiaries.
She was with me through terrible times and major changes in my RL life and always in touch, even after I left SL, calling and checking on me, keeping me up to date with the news and happenings, encouraging me to come back and visit when I could.
I spoke with her a week before she passed, she called me at home and I could hear the pain in her voice.
She told me of her love for Patrick, of her love of Sailors Cove.
We talked about our families, children and grand children.
In my heart I knew she was saying goodbye and it hurt so bad, but I’m also so grateful to her for that last call. I had the chance to tell her how much I loved her one last time.
Life is not the same, I keep expecting her to call with the latest news. We shared so much of our personal lives outside of SL. I will miss you Fanci my sister, my friend, SL will never be the same for me without you in it.
Thank you Joy, and Patrick who I love so dearly, I wish I could hug you and tell you that it will be ok, it will.
Thank you everyone who contributed to this event. Kentrock my friend, the floor is yours.
We will now have a moment of silence for 2 of our dear friends, Fanci Beebe-Leavitt and ChippyAnn Kamm, another Sailors Cove Resident who passed this year.
(…a minute of silence…)
Hello, it’s good to see so many of Fanci’s friends here.
Fanci was such a happy friendly person her friends list must have been in the thousands. I met Fanci back in 2007; it was the first week I was in SL. I typed in sailing in search and ended up here. After renting a dock Fanci and I talked for a long time.
She told me all about the Sailors Cove and sailing. Fanci was an artist in Real Life and she brought that artistic vision here to Sailors Cove. She was very meticulous about every detail here. This is still the most beautiful estate I have ever seen in SL. Rowan and I have made Sailors Cove our home for 90% of the time we have been in SL.
Fanci made you feel at home here. She built a wonderful community of great people. I was so honored when Fanci asked me to be her Commodore. I accepted because Fanci needed help. We had the FIYC round of the One World Regatta coming up and Epi was too sick to be online.
That first regatta was very stressful, but Fanci was there with a funny comment or a kind word that kept me calm and smiling.
After the racing and race committee meeting was over it was a wonderful feeling to go to Fanci’s after party in full swing feeling like a part of “The Team”.
A lot of people liked to help Fanci because she made it so much fun. Her team could really throw a party! The Halloween party was always her favorite. She went all out on that one. The Christmas party was always beautiful. I think St Patrick’s Day was St Patrick Levitt’s Day in Fanci’s mind. 🙂 Then Valentine’s Day and all the Sail for Life events. Fanci always had a million things going on.
Fanci was very dedicated to raising money for Sail for Life. She put an enormous amount of time into organizing the Sailors Cove and Fishers Island Yacht Club events.
I was always amazed at how successful her events were. The millions of Lindens she raised over the years is quite a tribute to the generosity of Fanci’s friends and this community.
When Rowan and I began helping Fanci with the Estate I realized just how busy she really was in SL and RL. We talked on Skype almost every day. When Fanci logged in she would be getting “Ding Dinged” as she put it with instant messages, so she would log off to talk. It was usually around lunch time, I really looked forward to shooting the breeze with Fanci and “The Kids” her 2 beloved poodles.
We would be talking and Fanci would say hold on I am getting “Ding Dinged by the Kids”, rabbit in the yard or lost squeaky toy or other urgent doggie mater. I miss our talks so much..
Words cannot describe how I miss Fanci.
I am not going to say good bye because I believe we will meet up again in the next life. I think Fanci, Epi, Delinda, Francois and ChippyAnn are there now having a wonderful time.
Now I would like to give the podium to Patrick, Fanci’s long time partner, Founder of Sailors Cove and Co-Founder of Fishers Island Yacht Club.
Thank you everyone for being here. Today we celebrate the life of my beloved Fanci. She loved second life and made many friends along the way. The fact you are here today is proof of that.
It is fitting that we have her memorial here at the venue. She fought long and hard to keep this going and honor what Jojamela had built. She loved music in SL and in fact it was at a Louis Landon concert that we met. We were inseparable from that moment on over 6 years ago.
I cant say it was always easy for us, but we always had plenty of love to see us through. We were in love as much as two people could be which transcended this virtual world. I miss her terribly and I know many of you do too.
She loved to laugh and love. She was an artist in RL and it showed in her work here in Sailors Cove. She so enjoyed changing the seasons and especially the Haunted house at Halloween, and the skating rink at Christmas. She loved her winter holidays.
She kept saying how her life changed in an instant. She would want us to celebrate that we are still living and to make the most of it.
I had a realization while trying to figure out what to say here today. It was that Fanci would not want to be a burden to anyone anywhere. That she would want to go quickly. She did just that.
She wanted to stay and be in world just one more time. Go Sailing one more time, Go Dancing one more time. She loved Second Life and all of her friends here. She wanted to talk to you all one more time.
It is fitting to close with the words from her profile that caught my attention so long ago:
LIVE WELL ~LAUGH OFTEN ~LOVE MUCH
~ You’ve got to work like you don’t need the money ~
~ And love like you’ll never get hurt ~
~ You’ve got to dance as if there’s nobody watching ~
~ It’s got to come from the heart if you want it to work ~
God Bless everyone and thank you for all of your support, love and friendship. She loved us all and saw the best in people, even beyond our Avatars.
Thank you for supporting the Fanci’s deep project that Mark so graciously started. Thank you to the new owners of Sailors Cove your actions were a blessing to Fanci and her family.
I have been blessed with many wonderful friends that really have helped me through some difficult times. Thank you all.
Fanci and I have been ecstatic to have the only real and honorable SL Coast Guard group in SL join us here on Bull Rock. So, it is my pleasure to introduce Captain Ansaja Guardian who will now take the podium.
Cpt Ansaja Guardian (SLCG)
Thank you Patrick
Admiral Laxness is deeply grieved to be unable to make it here today, and has asked me to speak in his stead.
The passing of Fanci Beebe-Leavitt death is a huge loss, to SL, and to the boating community. She has always been a huge supporter of enjoying the water responsibly, and as such supported the SLCG and our mission of boating safety…
It is our privilege to honor her memory by giving her a salute of respect. We wish her fair seas….
( SLCG salutes )
Thank you Ansaja.
I’d like to share a poem I read recently. It is called Sea Fever, by John Masefield.
I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
This concludes our memorial today. Thank you to all our speakers and performers. A special thank you to Drwyndwn Tyne who created this setting for us today. And thank you all for coming. There is a memorial book to the left of the stage, please take a moment and sign it if you wish.
Thank you all very much!
Also, while you are signing, pick up a memorial rose from the basket – we will drop these at the end of the sail at Fanci Deep. You can also pick up a rose from behind the bleachers.
And now, time for the sail!
( Amazing Grace on Bag Pipe)
As a resident said to me recently Fanci is most likely up there saying Stop your crying and go Sailing!!!
(Fleet of 30+ boats leaves for a cruise to Fanci’s Deep)
( -7pm Oct 27th)
alis Ildor: R.I.P
Ardour Allen: Sincere sympathies from those who knew and admired Fanci for all she did, without the benefit of knowing her personally.
Baldi McMillan: My thoughts and prayers to all. Fanci touched and blessed so many with Her presence,surely She is at peace and in the care of the Lord. God be with you Patrick.
Ey Ren: Deepest condolences and warm thoughts in your time of loss, Patrick. ~Ey
Jean Swashbuckler: Patrick, Fanci has been and will always be in our thoughts and prayers. She was a true friend and mentor. We will miss her deeply. TexasKat and I send our heartfelt best wishes in this time. Our thoughts are with you and Fanci’s family.
Pippa Rexen: You were like my SL sister. I owe you so much. Peace will always surround your memory. Love Pippa
Rubyleaf Dryke: My heart goes out to you in this moment of grief and longing. A truly great person.
Timotheus Garnet: Deepest condolences and warm thoughts to all concerned!
Tim & Kirsten Stormy Panthar: My deepest condolences to a dear friend. May she rest in peace.
Oona Riaxik: I love you, Fanci. Goodbye. Play among the stars with Chippy and Hallie. You will remain in my heart always. Bisous!
Dori Helstein: Love and peace to all that loved Fanci; and to Patrick & her family the strength to carry on. A rare beautiful woman, an angel. Bye friend.
Laure Levenque: Patrick, Fanci had an incredibly compassionate heart and shined a warm, bright light to all those around her. I will never forget her. May you be comforted and at peace. Much love, Laure Levenque
Mialinn Telling: My deepest condolences to Fancis family, Patrick and friends. May she rest in peace. – Mialinn
Jon Regent: Patrick, My condolences. Fanci was a wonderful lady.
Ome Audeburgh: Patrick, I don’t know you; I never met Fanci – but I do know your pain and I’m so sorry.. *hugs you tightly*
Malate Banufong: Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message She is Dead. Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves, Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. She was our North, our South, our East and West, Our working week and our Sunday rest, Our noon, our midnight, our talk, our song; I thought that She would last forever: I was wrong.
Frangipami Imako: When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran
Vikeesh Resident: Chaque fois que je mettrais un bateau à l’eau, j’aurais toujours une pensée pour le travail inestimable de Fanci.Patrick soit fort dans la vie à l’image du combat mené par Fanci contre la maladie. Elle restera dans nos cTmurs et nos pensées. Every time I would put a boat in the water, I would always have a thought the inestimable work of Fanci. Patrick is strong in the life just like the fight led by Fanci against the disease. She(it) will stay in our hearts and our thoughts. RIP Fanci.
Roan Blackburn: Dear Patrick….our sincere condolences. She will be missed terribly. Roan and Don Berithos
Kristen1077 Resident: My deepest Sympathies. Fanci will be greatly missed. If you need anything please let me know =)
Janusz Quartz: ”On passe une moitié de sa vie à attendre ceux qu’on aimera et l’autre moitié à quitter ceux qu’on aime.”(Victor Hugo) Janusz Quartz
Carmen333 Seda: May you find peace and solice in this very hard time.. I am happy to have had an opportunity to know Fanci.. she was amazing!!
djneko Blackheart: We see hope in the morning light Where Her love shines like the dawn. Heaven is the best place where she should rest so worry no more. May God grant you perfect peace., we will surely meet her again, i miss you miss franci
Maurice Minotaur: Dear Patrick … I was informed with deep sadness that your dear Fanci passed away . I would like to express my condolences and I wish you all the courage to go through this hard time. With great emotion… Maurice Minotaur
Peeter Tamerlane: I dont know parsonally Fanci… I just like this sims, what give for me peace and fun, beauty and friendships, clear free sky for flying, and heath cleaning water when I sailing here… Soo who is Fanci? Maybe this is she… soul of SL… Thank you..
Leah Kappa: Patrick, My deepest condolences and my prayers are with you and her family on this devistating loss…she will be missed dearly…Leah
Eon Peterson: For Fanci, bless her. Such a lovely person and will never be forgotten. Our love, condolences and sympathy to Patrick and her family. Eon and Godiva Peterson
Veritas Raymaker: Fanci, thank you for the love and joy you brought to our community. May your soul find perfect rest in our Lord. from the crew of the SS Galaxy
Franko Koenig: My wife and I would like to say you and Fanci family our deepest condolences. She will stay in our hearts and memories for ever. We wish you Patrik the strength for this hard time. We will pray for you. Franko Koenig & Celine Shoreland
Anu Daviau: My very deepest condolences to you, Patrick, and her Family. “By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered, and confidently waiting, come what may, we know that God is with us night and morning, and never fails to greet us each new day.” Anu Daviau
Mystery Huntress: Our prayers and condolences to Patrick and Fanci’s family. Fanci was an amazing lady and will be dearly missed. God speed and fair winds in heaven Fanci. ~Mystery and Ambro
Seaplane Jonson: Deepest condolences for your loss, Patrick. Fanci was a wonderful person, and will be missed by so many.
Sarandel Llewellyn: Fanci was loved by all.. She will be remembered in the hearts of all sailors.. I wish Patrick and her family the best in the coming days, and you all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Jdgirl1969 Resident: i never had the pleasure of meeting Fanci but her work and personality are legendary. i am no stranger to the loss you feel and offer my condolences and sincere love to both patrick and family
Dolphin Dancer: Fanci will be missed sorely by those whose lives she touched. A fair wind has taken her to a place of peace. Thoughts and prayers to Patrick and her family Dee in SL Anna in InWorldz
Datura Avril: I’ve never had the privilege of meeting Fanci. Yet, if the spirit of these lands was imbued by her, I find myself wanting. How much more must you feel her absence. With deep compassion,
Datura RlL Bogbat: My deepest sympathies, my thoughts are with you and ger family. best wishes for a wonderfual person
jes Eilde: we were very sorry to hear about Famci. Whenever we spoke she was always helpful and polite. Best wishes and condolences
Winnie Sweetwater: To describe Fanci in a single word, it would have to be caring. She cared about those around her and her community not superficially but with heartfelt authenticity. My sincere condolences to Patrick and her family. I will miss her very much
sundhi Joubert: Our deepest sympathies, Patrick. Fearless and Sundhi
SkyeSunset Resident: We are so sad to hear this news. Our hearts are broken. We loved Fanci so dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Patrick. Logan & Skye Willow
LucyAL2881 Resident: If it is irue that we are defined by what we give to others, then we need look no further to find how you should be defined: your legacy is all around us here. One regret only: that there was so little time for me to know you better. Lucy Reverie
Thanasis Keng: R.I.P.
Gator Peterman: When I began to notice you were not much on anymore, I figured you were on a holiday. But when the holiday did not seem to end I wondered what was wrong. I learned what was wrong not long after that. I am sure you are in good hands now, no tears:)
Corie Charisma: Her candle is Sailors Cove, the flame all those who loved Fanci, carry on her legacy in prayer, thought, kindness. Thank-you Fanci for the hand of friendship. Fair Winds Smooth Sailing & sprinkle a change in seasons over heavens gardens too. 🙂 Corie
TwitchyEars Resident: A Gentle Soul with a Heart Full of Love. So kind to me and my partner. We miss her much. Our condolences to Patrick and her family. Izzy and Prim
Hades Inaka: Deepest condolences for your loss, Patrick. Fanci was a wonderful person, and will be missed by so many..Hades Inaka
ForeverSundays Resident: I miss you…will miss our rl talk the most about kids, and love.. I think youd be happy Justin and I fond each other xoxoox Franci thank you..
foneco Zuzu: May We be Blessed in Heaven by Your smile and Love as We where on Earth
BeeJee Boucher: i will miss Fanci, xxx
Fiona Haworth: Fair Winds Fanci. You will be missed.
Fiona Socair Foxtrot: rest in peace, Socair Foxtrot
Kent Shippe: Our deepest condolences, she was a wounderful person, she will live on in our thoughts. ~ Kent and LilleMy.
Kejwla Anwyl: May you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you. Little & Kejwla Anwyl
eleao Resident: To Fanci, person before, Angel now … well. You may have left us and left this void in our hearts, but the passage of our history that you wrote will be forever, until we meet again to go out to sea, sailing in boats made of clouds, this time without goodbye. Miss you, and see you soon
Drwyndwn Tyne: Patrick, I wish I could ease your pain. Fanci was my best friend in SL. She was a great lady and an inspiring personality. I will miss her deeply.
Old Bailey: Few people touch the hearts of so many with their kindness and friendship and laughter. Fanci was one of those few and shall be remembered with warmth and affection. Bailey and Jeanne
Hellsmut Resident: My deepest condolences to a wonderful friend.
Silber Sands: My condolence to You, Patrick and all who were close to her. I rarely met a person with such a huge and warm heart like Fanci had. She always showed her deep friendship and love to the people. I wished I could do anything to ease Your pain.
SerenityAeon Resident: Fanci, we never met but i have seen your beautiful work in Sailors Cove and everyone i am talking to is telling me what a wonderful person you have been. My best wishes on your journey and always fair winds. Serenity
Driff Beardmore: I will always remember you, with every changing season and each blanket of newly fallen snow.
Krys4sl Resident: I wish you the peace and continue sailing in the place where you are now. Thank you for all.
Thank you for the update on such a great build.
If I may, I would like to put a plug in for one more person who played a key role in Fastnet Light: JeanCarlo Kepler.
JeanCarlo spent a full year using his gentle humor to pester RJ Kikuchiyo to build Fastnet, but JCK went further, way further. He suggested a mid-sea location for the unbuilt Fastnet, and even offered to pay both the cost of the lighthouse and all ongoing expenses to maintain it. JCK’s offer wasn’t public; he’s a wonderful friend and great sailor, but also humble and shy about his own achievements (Luckily, I don’t have the humble/shy gene, so I have no trouble telling you about this). JCK wanted Fastnet as a quiet gift – and an inspiration – for all his friends and fellow sailors in SL.
JCK’s persistence won the day. RJ’s busy scheduled opened up slightly, and he took on the project. Understanding JCK’s vision, RJ then refused any payment for Fastnet… SL Sailing is, after all, RJ’s community too.
Once the massive, wonderous build was completed, MarkTwain White and Jack Linden managed the red tape to get Fastnet in Crows Nest as a permanent fixture, a Linden build. Guess what? Mark’s right; it wasn’t easy.
Finally last week the intrepid duo of RJ Kikuchiyo and Micheal Linden, the Master Builder and the Mole King, that ‘Romulus-and-Rodent Team’ (GRIN), clicked their secret decoder rings together and performed the usual magic. They brought JCK’s irrepressible dream to life… Fastnet Light went on line.
So what’s all the commotion over Fastnet anyway?
Well, maybe RJ Kikuchiyo already said it better than I can: “Fastnet has a wonderfully rich history. The light itself is memorialized as “The Tear of Ireland,” for it is the last thing you see when travelling by ship west toward America. It was a technological innovation in lighthouse design, and will be remembered for its role as the far mark in the Fastnet Race, a legendary test of sailing and seamanship…The 1979 Race was marked with tragedy, however; as a storm approached, 20 people died…”
As RJ implies, Fastnet Lighthouse is far more than a fixed beacon; it’s a resolute icon, a monument to the spirit, the courage, and the endurance of sailors across the globe over many centuries.
Like so many other icons of our sailing ancestry, however, Fastnet’s symbolism is mixed. Courage and triumph met tragedy and loss at Fastnet.
Sailing’s coin has two sides… we all know this… and Fastnet stands in witness of both.
While MarkTwain was posting this article tonight, Cory, Chaos, RJ, JCK and I were sitting on the widow’s walk in Madaket talking sailing… and Fastnet was on the agenda.
For the past week I’ve been wondering how to best pay tribute to the courage, determination and pure joy for sailing demonstrated by those who raced and died in the 1979 Fastnet tragedy. I thought about placing flowers at the Linden Memorial Gardens or asking Department of Public Works to place some form of reminder elsewhere at the Memorial… but those things seemed out of place.
Any memorial, any tribute to sailors should be at home, should be here in our community. It’s pretty obvious… any memorial to Fastnet sailors belongs right there in Crows Nest, at Fastnet itself. It is just our suggestion, but tonight the five of us would like to ask for a one prim marker at the Fastnet site in memory of those who died. We suggest a marker with textures to match the simple granite memorial that occurs in real life there; it lists the names of all who died that day in pursuit of the sport they loved.
If a memorial is placed it may be worth adding a sentence or two on a notecard about lessons we can all learn from the tragedy. Many things have been improved for us (stronger lifelines, easier lifejackets, weighted liferafts, beamier boats with improved righting momentum) as a result of the race (and saved many lives on 1998 Sydney-Hobart) but many things remain up to us as sailors. The most obvious decision we must take is to make sure we do not follow the herd into weather we are not comfortable with but I think an important consideration must also be the use of drogues when running. This may be an anathema to racers (and require the use and practice of a new piece of kit) but it may well have saved some of the 15 lives lost.
I like that idea Jane and will help make it happen if I can. Don’t see any reason why we couldn’t. I would say go ahead and make up the marker.
RJ and I will copy from the original and have it ready by day’s end.
(JFos Ed. note: Here are textures for the faces on the current memorial stone.)